The Second Edition of Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework aims to inform students about the latest research and the most promising and effective programs and provides a wealth of information for understanding, preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency. Key Features
- Examines the history of current juvenile justice system policies and practices, including the juvenile violence “epidemic”
- Discusses key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents
- Applies developmental theories of juvenile delinquency to understanding how juvenile offender careers evolve
- Reviews effective prevention and rehabilitation programs and what does not work
- Presents a comprehensive framework for building a continuum of effective programs
Intended Audience: This is an ideal supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate courses in juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and violent offender intervention courses. It is also essential reading for juvenile justice and social services research and development specialists.
Chapter 8: Principles and Characteristics of Best Practice Programs
Principles and Characteristics of Best Practice Programs
The business of identifying and disseminating effective programs and matching them with offenders who will benefit most from them is yet in its infancy. How could this be? Isn't this a fundamental mission of criminology? Of course it is, but little attention has been given to this enterprise. The main reason for lack of progress in this expected role of criminology is that policy makers, legislators, and practitioners have been preoccupied with punishment for nearly 40 years, and incarceration has been the main crime control strategy since the mid-1980s (Blumstein, 1983; Blumstein et al., 1986). In a brilliant essay, Cullen (2007) offers five reasons why rehabilitation should be adopted as corrections’ guiding ...